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went through a period of intense industrial activity with the focus here on ironstone mining and clay extraction. The woodland contains a pond, a rare wetland habitat in a woodland setting. This supports a population of great-crested newts, a species of European-wide conservation importance.
The area known as The Crostan was once a former pitmound of mining waste(the name derives from craw-waste and stan-stone). It is distinctive in being one of the few Gorge woodlands where pine is the principle tree species. The Scots pine and Corsican pine trees date back to the 1930s, an era of significant hardship and unemployment. A small but important area of heathland occurs at the southern end of the Crostan, where such plants as heather and billberry are to be found, as well as the occaisional reptile such as adder.
has an industrial past which has left a legacy of collapsed shafts, spoil heaps, mounds and tracks. Some of the stone quarried from Ladywood is believed tohave been used for the abutments on the southern side of the Iron Bridge at the time of its construction in the late 1700s.Ladywood has difficult access due to its industrial past.